Paul Merson explains key reason Arsenal can replicate Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph

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Paul Merson says Arsenal are emulating Leicester’s fairytale run to the Premier League crown by refusing to give into expectations that their title charge will inevitably collapse.

Few expected Mikel Arteta to lead the Gunners to the title this season, although they were not quite as unfancied as 5000-1 outsiders Leicester were in 2015-16.

Nonetheless, former Arsenal midfielder Merson has praised the “vibes” around his old club for continually backing up their challenge with good results.

“At the moment, I get the same feelings about Arsenal as I did when Leicester won the title,” he wrote for Sky Sports.

“I know Leicester were massive outsiders but there was always a feeling that they would get caught in the end. But every week another game went by, and they were still out in front.

“They kept winning and then before you knew it the games had run out and it was too late. Tottenham drew to Chelsea and that was it. It's only going to take a result like that for Man City and that will be that.

“I have the same vibes as I had with Leicester with Arsenal. Everybody is expecting a collapse but so far it isn't coming.”